Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Rockets vs Hornets Game #32 Pre Game Thread

Wednesday 1/2/13 5:00pm PT:
Rockets vs Hornets

Next 3:
1/4 Fri Rockets @ Bucks 5:30pm PT
1/5 Sat Rockets @ Cavs 4:30pm PT
1/8 Tue Rockets vs Lakers 5:00pm PT

39 comments:

  1. Have both Vasquez and Gordon contained at all time. Well I'm more worried about Gordon to be honest. Yes Harden, I'm looking at you.

    Seriously, contain them like SCP contain their Euclid and Keter class entities

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    1. Jlin played more minutes than Harden for like the first time during the previous game. Let's see if this trend continues if Harden decides to respond to critics and D up on Gordon as Harden's athleticism and endurance will be tested on both sides of the court for the first time this season.

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    2. Jonathan Feigen ‏@Jonathan_Feigen
      Eric Gordon sitting out tonight for the second half of the back to back as he works his way back from knee injury.
      3:39 PM - 2 Jan 13

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  2. I'm waiting on the Kyrie matchup.

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  3. Let's go JLin! Let's go Rockets! Let's go for a winning streak!

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  4. The way Rockets have been playing, Hornets don't stand a chance. Rockets by 18. D-mo, machado should get some playing time. When does Beverley join the team?

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    1. Dont know we barely won last time. Harden better d up against Gordon.

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    2. Rockets playing at home, Hornets playing second game of back to back. Rockets will pull away third quarter and have a 20+ point lead. Chalk this one up in the win column.

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    3. I read the news in Chinese news paper rockets sign deal with some one release by the spurs last season, any body heard the news? True? So if that's true how about this Beverly you guys mention?

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    4. James Anderson? http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2013/01/anderson-signs-with-rockets-bringing-a-head-start-as-he-plays-catch-up/

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    5. Daequan Cook has been waived and James Anderson has been signed. Not sure what happened with Patrick Beverley.

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    6. Daequan Cook has been waived and James Anderson has been signed. Not sure what happened with Patrick Beverley.

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  5. "He just lets the game come to him and makes the right play, the easy play," coach Kevin McHale told the team's official website. "The ball hits his hands and he moves it to the next guy. He just plays real solid and is a very good basketball player. I've always liked him."

    [URL="http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/preview?gameId=400278191"]Link[/URL]

    Delfino did have a great game. Other than his scoring, his assists were very skillful including the through the leg pass. Delfino is a pretty good no look passer too.

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  6. Vasquez is very similar to Lin, he's a tall PG at 6'5", not super fast, a good passer and plays decent defense. However, Vasquez is also a very good outside shooter, so Jeremy needs to be aware of that and contest his shots, don't go under screens.

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  7. Today, Amare Studemire on Woodson: "It's been great ... I've never been taught defense before."

    A hogwash statement by Amare!
    Kissing up to Woodson, beware!

    In the Summer of 2011, the then Knicks' D'Antoni hired Woodson as his primary assistant coach for the team's defensive aspect. Therefore, Amare and the entire Knicks' teammates last season worked with Woodson and a few other assistant coaches (although it was a locked out truncated season). The main reason that forced D'Antoni to resign was because the team's veteran players refused to play defense (which is mostly hard work and focus) and team ball once their captain Carmelo came back from the injury because he resented Jeremy Lin and the coach who was responsible for the accidental Linsanity while he was out.

    And, in his 11 year NBA career so far, no coaches ever taught Amare to play defense? He never watched other players playing defense either? All NBA players - including offensive specialists - have to guard their own man, as well as help the team any way they can. For example, Jeremy Lin's defense last season was grossly underrated for his position (PG) and for how little he'd played as a starter. The 6'10" Amare made the above statement just after he blocked ONE shot; Lin, in his second year starting, had blocked TWO shots last Monday!

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  8. Miguel Á. Paniagua ‏@pantxopaniagua
    Ante las previsiblemente malas derivadas legales que podría tener una disputa legal entre Royce White y los Houston Rockets, (sigue)
    11:53 AM - 2 Jan 13

    Miguel Á. Paniagua ‏@pantxopaniagua
    su agencia de representación se dispone a explorar opciones en Europa la semana que viene. Habría, eso sí clausula "No Fly" en su contrato.
    11:55 AM - 2 Jan 1

    [Royce White's reps to start exploring options in Europe next week, contract to include a "no fly" clause.]

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    1. How is he going to get to Europe? Slow boat to "Europe".

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  9. ESPN Insider: DeMarcus Cousins trade scenarios
    What should the Sacramento Kings do with their talented but troubled center?
    Updated: January 2, 2013, 12:40 PM ET
    By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

    With the holidays in the rearview mirror, it's time to count a new set of shopping days. Thursday marks seven weeks until the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline, and the most interesting name potentially on the market is Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins. In his Weekend Dime, our Marc Stein reported that the Kings organization remains divided on the Cousins question, with president Geoff Petrie favoring a trade, while ownership prefers to hang on to the talented but troubled big man despite a recent confrontation with coach Keith Smart.

    On Sunday, Kentucky Sports Radio offered a list of potential destinations. Reportedly, Cousins was told that Boston, Charlotte, Dallas and Orlando are the most likely trade partners, with Detroit, Houston and Washington less likely. To evaluate these possibilities, I turned to the long-term projections generated by my SCHOENE Projection System based on similar players at the same age. After coming up with a reasonable trade scenario for each team, I ranked the potential offers based on the expected Wins Above Replacement Player they could offer the Kings over the remainder of this season and the following three.


    Pistons
    N/A
    Along with the Celtics, the Pistons were one of two teams Stein's sources indicated are "highly interested" in dealing for Cousins, but it's hard to find a good fit with Detroit. Presumably, the Pistons aren't willing to move either of their promising young big men, Greg Monroe and rookie Andre Drummond. It's not even clear Detroit would include point guard Brandon Knight, and Knight isn't an ideal option for a Sacramento team that is flush with guards and needs a replacement for Cousins up front. So scratch them off the list.


    Bobcats: Bismack Biyombo and Jeff Taylor
    (4.6 WARP)
    SCHOENE isn't particularly enamored of either second-year big man Biyombo or rookie wing Taylor, both of whom rate below replacement level so far this season for the lowly Bobcats. Since both players are quality defenders, they might offer Sacramento more value than the numbers indicate. Additionally, Charlotte could sweeten its offer by taking on the final two years of John Salmons' contract in exchange for the expiring pact of DeSagana Diop and throwing in one or both of the future first-round picks it has coming from Detroit and Portland. Nonetheless, any deal with the Bobcats is seriously lacking in star power, presuming that Charlotte is unwilling to deal either point guard Kemba Walker or No. 2 overall pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.


    Wizards: Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin
    (14.1 WARP)
    Given Stein's contention that Petrie is looking to speed up the rebuilding process by adding veterans, Nen� is an interesting option if the Wizards decide to reverse their own premature buildup a year ago. Barring that, any deal with Washington will be built around Seraphin, who was taken 12 picks after Cousins in 2010. After a promising sophomore campaign, Seraphin has quietly regressed badly this season. His minus-1.8 WARP ranks ahead of only Austin Rivers. Seraphin has shot an empty 45.1 percent from the field, struggled on the defensive glass, and the Wizards have been outscored by 15.5 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor. As a result, Seraphin doesn't project to add any value to the Kings. Any upside to this deal comes from Crawford, who has shown development as a playmaker this season yet still might be expendable because of rookie Bradley Beal. Of course, Sacramento already has plenty of high-scoring, inefficient guards, so Crawford would have more appeal elsewhere.

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    1. Celtics: Avery Bradley, Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger (18.0 WARP)
      The Celtics illustrate the fundamental problem with finding a new home for Cousins. The teams with strong, veteran locker rooms capable of nurturing his development don't tend to have very much young talent to offer. Boston is actually the contender best positioned to make an offer for Cousins, as this deal would offer three intriguing prospects without weakening the Celtics' current rotation. Bradley's defensive presence on the perimeter would be a welcome addition to the Kings, Sullinger is one of the most polished rookies in the league, and in time Melo could help replace Cousins' size in the paint. However, the track record of three-for-one trades in the NBA isn't very good for the teams getting multiple middle-of-the-road players. Making this deal would leave Sacramento with a deep group of role players in desperate need of a centerpiece, the hardest commodity to find -- and possibly the very kind of player the Kings are trading.


      Magic: Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic
      (18.4 WARP)
      Consider this offer an extension of the Dwight Howard trade, especially since the Magic could sweeten it with some of the same picks acquired in exchange for Howard. Both young players have improved their stock in Orlando. Harkless, who won't turn 20 until May, has started at times. He wouldn't help Sacramento for a while, but could eventually be the answer at small forward. Meanwhile, Vucevic has done a fine job in the middle for the Magic, including an incredible 29-rebound effort in Monday's loss to the Miami Heat that was one of the top rebounding performances in the NBA this decade. Vucevic is probably the best replacement for Cousins in the middle that the Kings could reasonably expect to get.


      Rockets: Marcus Morris and Greg Smith
      (24.0 WARP)
      Even after dealing for James Harden, the Rockets could still put together a competitive offer for Cousins thanks to their frontcourt depth. Sacramento could probably take its pick of any two bigs on the Houston roster besides starting center Omer Asik. Statistically, the best duo would be Morris and Smith. In his second season, Morris has blossomed after moving to power forward, stretching the floor from the position by making nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts. The Kings could eventually give him another try on the wing if former college teammate Thomas Robinson emerges as a starter at the 4. The undrafted Smith, plucked by the Rockets from the D-League, is locked up for the minimum through 2013-14. He has impressed off the bench this season, using his strength and soft touch around the basket to make up for being undersized. Smith's 65.7 percent 2-point shooting ranks third among regular players, and he's also capable on the glass.


      Mavs: Darren Collison, Jae Crowder and Brandan Wright
      (35.2 WARP)
      The framework of a possible deal with Dallas would include Wright as a replacement for Cousins, a choice between guards Collison and Rodrigue Beaubois and one of the Mavericks' rookie wings (Crowder or Jared Cunningham). On paper, this version comes out best of all trade options, though there's a significant catch: Either Beaubois or Collison would become a restricted free agent this summer, while Wright is unrestricted. So there's no guarantee Sacramento would get anyone besides Crowder for the long term, and both Collison and Wright are likely to command raises on the open market. This deal also isn't a particularly good match for the Kings' needs. Crowder, a favorite of statistical analysts in last June's draft, could help out at small forward if he improves his outside shooting, but Collison essentially duplicates what Sacramento already has at point guard, and Wright isn't the defensive anchor the Kings require in the middle.

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    2. No trade
      (39.0 WARP)
      The best option for Sacramento might still be no trade at all. Though Cousins has taken a step backward after his rapid progress last season, SCHOENE still sees him with major potential. The list of players most similar to Cousins includes underachievers like Antoine Walker and, yes, Derrick Coleman, but also Shawn Kemp, Zach Randolph and even Kevin Garnett. The fact is that players with Cousins' track record at such a young age -- he's actually two months younger than rookie Melo, who has spent the whole year developing in the D-League -- are hard to find. So other than the Mavericks offer, which comes with a major asterisk, the other likely deals would represent barely half the production the Kings could potentially get by keeping Cousins. His trade value has plummeted over the past two months, making this a poor time to trade. Sacramento bought low in drafting Cousins fifth overall and should look for an opportunity to sell high.

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    3. Chad Ford (1:14 PM)
      Cousins is crazy talented and from what I can gather, he wants out of Sacramento badly. The Jazz have a ton of different assets to offer. But I can't imagine any scenario where the Jazz would give up any of those assets for Cousins. They care a lot about both character and chemistry. They aren't the type of team that will take the risk? Boston? For sure they would. Dallas? They would too. Just not Utah.

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  10. Jeremy Lin 'Linsanity', Derrick Rose's Torn ACL, USA's London Gold Medal and NBA's Top 10 Highlights of 2012

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  11. VOTE: for LAL vs HOU matchup [to air on NBA Fan night next Tuesday]

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    1. Oh you're a meanie...[lol]

      One last chance, Feb 20.

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    2. Fingers crossed! Whoever makes these pictures -> ingenious :) So funny!

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  13. Game is about to start on NBA League Pass. Let's go Rockets and get the 1st win for 2013.

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    1. Marcus Morris is still making the start over Patrick Patterson.

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  14. Rockets play by play announcers are on James Harden nuts. It's the three amigos with Clyde Drexler.

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  15. Kevin Mchale just winked at Lin, gave him some words of encouragement and gave him a pat in the ass before the game is about to start.

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  16. Marcus Morris blew an assist from Lin. After the missed Morris was able to hustle for the loose ball. On the inbound I noticed Lin hanging out the 3 point line and not moving.

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  17. @8cdee - Come post in the game thread.

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  18. One note: Asik keeps letting Lopez get rebounds over him. I saw this on several possessions. Smart move by Lin to feed Asik down low. Also great help defense so far and great ball movement by Harden. Don't know why Marcus Morris is out of bounds on the play that Parsons passed to him. Mental bball IQ is not too high. Stay on the court young man!

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